Valencia

About Valencia

The port city of Valencia lies on Spain’s southeastern coast, where the Turia River meets the Mediterranean Sea. It is known for its City of Arts and Sciences, with futuristic structures including a planetarium, an oceanarium, and an interactive museum. Valencia also has several beaches, including some within nearby Albufera Park, a wetlands reserve with a lake, and walking trails. Established in Roman times, Valencia has buildings dating back hundreds of years, including the medieval city gate and former prison the Serranos Towers. The 16th-century Silk Exchange was built when the city was a wealthy and powerful mercantile hub. Opposite stands the vast Mercado Central a covered market, built-in 1914. In the medieval center, Valencia Cathedral is home to a 1st-century holy chalice and the octagonal Miguelete bell tower. The Turia Gardens form a green ribbon linking the Bioparc Zoo with the port and Malvarrosa Beach. The Museum of Fine Arts houses works by El Greco and Goya.
City of Arts and Sciences

City of Arts and Sciences is a cultural and architectural complex in the city of Valencia. It is the most important modern tourist destination in the city of Valencia and one of the 12 Treasures of Spain. It is made up of impressive buildings such as the Hemisfèric and Oceanogràfic and stands out because of its avant-garde architecture, designed by renowned architects Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela. The different centers here organize conferences, exhibitions, projections, guided tours, and workshops related to science, technology, nature, and art, designed to stimulate curiosity and learning with different types of audiences.
L'Oceanogràfic

L'Oceanogràfic is an oceanarium situated on the dry Turia River bed to the southeast of the city center of Valencia, Spain, where different marine habitats are represented. It is home to 45,000 animals from 500 different species including sharks, penguins, dolphins, sea lions, walruses, beluga whales, birds, reptiles, and invertebrates all inhabiting nine two-tiered underwater towers representing the Earth's major ecosystems.
Mercado Central

Mercado Central or Mercat Central is a public market located across from the Llotja de la Seda and the church of the Juanes in central Valencia. It is one of the main works of the Valencian Art Nouveau. The style blends a modern Valencian Art Nouveau look but mirrors some of the architectural influences of nearby buildings such as the Valencian Gothic style Lonja de la Seda and the eclectic Gothic-baroque church of Sants Juanes. Most vendors sell food items, souvenir shops, and restaurants are located inside the market and is a popular location for tourists.
Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe

The Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe is an important visitor attraction in Valencia. Everything in the museum is graphically displayed recent exhibitions have included subjects as diverse as spy science, climate change, the human body, and biometrics.
Torres de Quart

Torres de Quart is a pair of twin towers, which were part of the medieval wall that surrounded the old town of Valencia. The style of the Torres de Quart is late Gothic and is repeated in several Italian cities, as in Genoa. The exterior of the monument still shows signs of the bombardments suffered during France's siege of the city in 1808. The building has been used through the centuries for different purposes, from a woman prison to a military prison.
Museo de Soldaditos de Plomo L’Iber

Museo de Soldaditos de Plomo L’Iber or the museum of the lead soldiers L'Iber is located in the old town of the city of Valencia. The museum has become a cultural benchmark in the city of Valencia where conferences, book presentations, children's workshops and cultural trips are held. Today the museum exhibits more than 95,000 pieces to the public and is growing by the day. The different exhibition rooms are divided by themes: Prehistory, Antiquity, Almansa, 20th and 21st centuries, Abrazo de Vergara, Victoria Eugenia, Valencian Collections, Napoleonic Room, Room of the Middle Ages, Tirant, Conference Room and Daily Life.
Llotja de la Seda

Llotja de la Seda is a late Valencian Gothic-style civil building in Valencia. It is the principal tourist attraction in the city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. La Lonja consists of three clearly differentiated bodies and a garden or "patio de naranjos". The Column or Contract Room is divided into three longitudinal naves and five transverse naves, based on the eight free-standing columns that support the vaults. It is the most representative building of Gothic civil architecture in the city of Valencia.
Torres de Serranos

Torres de Serranos or Serranos Towers or Serrans Gate or Serranos Gate is one of the twelve gates that formed part of the ancient city wall, the Christian Wall, of the city of Valencia. It is an important landmark and one of the best-preserved monuments of Valencia. From the top of the building, visitors can enjoy an amazing view of the city of Valencia. They are also used for different official ceremonies of the City of Valencia, the most famous of which is the Crida, the opening ceremony of the Fallas.
Plaza de la Virgen

The Plaza de la Virgen is a square in the Spanish city of Valencia. This lovely square is marked at one side with la Fuente del Turia which represents the Turia River and depicts Neptune. The plaza is host to a number of bars and cafes where you can grab something to drink at any hour of the day and soak up the atmosphere.
Plaza de la Reina

Plaza de la Reina is one of the liveliest and busiest squares in Valencia. With the Santa Catalina church tower emerging in the southwest corner, this pretty square is the perfect place to relax and taste a typical horchata at Santa Catalina’s 200-year-old cafe. You will also find plenty of tapas bars, restaurants, pubs, and ice cream parlors in this popular square.
Best Time To Visit Valencia

The best time to visit Valencia is from March to May when the weather is pleasant.

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